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  • *Morgan Stanley downgrades China stocks for first time in 7.5 yrs. SHANGHAI, May 7- China stocks went into the mid-session on Thursday on course for a fall for a third straight day, as fears of fresh moves by regulators to reduce leverage in stock trading dampened risk appetite. Hong Kong stocks followed mainland markets lower, as Morgan Stanley- usually bullish on...

  • By Elzio Barreto and Sumeet Chatterjee HONG KONG/ MUMBAI, May 7- As investors tap into rising Asia Pacific stock markets to sell assets in waves of block trades, Goldman Sachs' dominance of such deals has already brought more in fees in 2015 than in the previous two years combined. Goldman has cornered more than half of Asia Pacific's 2015 block deals, booking $112...

  • Restaurant chain operator Wingstop files for IPO Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    May 6- Restaurant chain operator Wingstop Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Wednesday to raise up to $86.25 million in an initial public offering of its common stock. The company has spread its wings to Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia and Singapore, housing a total of 41 franchised restaurants outside the United States. Morgan Stanley, Jefferies and...

  • WASHINGTON, May 6- U.S. private employers in April hired the fewest number of workers in more than a year, further diminishing hopes of a strong rebound in economic growth after the first-quarter slump. "The data pile onto recent evidence suggesting increased odds that, by the time the June policy meeting rolls around, the hope of a great spring rebound in real...

  • *Traders face overnight shifts, early starts after UK vote. LONDON, May 6- After a five-week campaign that has left Britain's two main parties neck and neck going into Thursday's general election, London's dealing rooms are bracing for days rather than hours of uncertainty. Most famously in 1992, financial markets were so euphoric about the unexpected return of...

  • SYDNEY, May 6- A golden era of record profits and lush dividends is coming to an end for Australia's major banks, with disappointing results this week revealing a new normal of more modest earnings growth due to tougher capital requirements and a sluggish economy. Having doubled annual profits over the past five years, Australia's banks are now set to post low...

  • Australian banks' golden run over as growth plateaus Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 1:10 AM ET

    SYDNEY, May 6- A golden era of record profits and lush dividends is coming to an end for Australia's major banks, with disappointing results this week revealing a new normal of more modest earnings growth due to tougher capital requirements and a sluggish economy. Having doubled annual profits over the past five years, Australia's banks are now set to post low...

  • LONDON, May 5- Rising expectations that Norway's central bank will cut interest rates this week pushed the Norwegian crown further away from six-month highs against the euro on Tuesday. Norges Bank kept its benchmark rate at 1.25 percent at its last meeting on March 19, surprising many in the market and sending the crown soaring. Traders said the Reserve Bank of...

  • Trading was still subdued in Europe after May day holidays in much of the region but the mood was cautious after some volatile moves in Asia overnight. "A correction is long overdue," said Li Yang, analyst at Changjiang Securities in Shanghai, pointing out the 80 percent surge in Chinese stocks over the last six months. The sell-off left MSCI's main emerging market...

  • South Korea casinos court China's 'low-rollers' Monday, 4 May 2015 | 8:36 PM ET

    Seoul's foreigners-only casinos are targeting a new breed of 'low-roller' gamblers – Chinese shoppers.

  • May 4- Morgan Stanley said on Monday it could lose more than $290 million from a lawsuit by Deutsche Bank National Trust Co over the quality of about $735 million of the Wall Street firm's mortgages. Deutsche Bank in April last year filed a complaint that alleged Morgan Stanley had falsely represented the quality of the loans, the U.S. bank said in a regulatory...

  • SEOUL/ HONG KONG, May 5- The dealing rooms of Seoul's foreigners-only casinos are echoing to the sound of Mandarin as operators target a new breed of' low-roller' gamblers- Chinese shoppers. In places like Paradise Walkerhill in Seoul, Paradise Co Ltd, South Korea's biggest casino firm, is targeting people like Chen Jie Yi, a 27- year-old from Beijing on a recent tour...

  • World Bank's pension investments clash with values Monday, 4 May 2015 | 10:26 AM ET
    Dr. Jim Kim, president of the World Bank.

    World Bank invests part of its $18.8 bn staff pension fund in companies in industries, holdings that clash with the institution's own calls.

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- The World Bank indirectly invests part of its $18.8 billion staff pension fund in companies in industries such as coal and tobacco, holdings that clash with the development institution's own calls for ethical and low-carbon investing. In an internal post to staff seen by Reuters, the World Bank's treasurer said around 40 percent of the fund's...

  • RPT-Shrinking liquidity exposes markets to crunch Monday, 4 May 2015 | 5:19 AM ET

    LONDON, May 1- The calm on global financial markets masks a growing threat to their smooth functioning should shrinking liquidity morph into an outright crunch in response to a U.S. interest rate rise or some other shock. Some analysts blamed the sell-off on a lack of liquidity, with Commerzbank going so far as to call it a "flash crash." Analysis from GreySpark...

  • *U.S. weekly oil rig count decline slows- Baker Hughes. SINGAPORE, May 4- Brent crude edged towards $67 a barrel on Monday, reversing earlier losses after weak Chinese data reinforced views that stimulus measures would be rolled out for the world's second largest economy. What the market really wants to see is supply being cut to match the demand level, "said Ric...

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- The World Bank indirectly invests part of its $18.8 billion staff pension fund in companies in industries such as coal and tobacco, holdings that clash with the development institution's own calls for ethical and low-carbon investing. In an internal post to staff seen by Reuters, the World Bank's treasurer said around 40 percent of the fund's...

  • Reflecting this uncertainty, analyst valuations vary widely, with Morgan Stanley predicting it may start with a market worth of A $8.5 billion and Investec around $12 billion. But if commodity prices are weak, it's going to be a bit more problematic, "said Paul Xiradis, chief executive of Ausbil Investment Management, a BHP Billiton Ltd shareholder.

  • Shrinking liquidity exposes markets to crunch Friday, 1 May 2015 | 5:13 AM ET

    LONDON, May 1- The calm on global financial markets masks a growing threat to their smooth functioning should shrinking liquidity morph into an outright crunch in response to a U.S. interest rate rise or some other shock. Some analysts blamed the sell-off on a lack of liquidity, with Commerzbank going so far as to call it a "flash crash". Analysis from GreySpark...

  • LONDON, May 1- The dollar rose against the yen and bounced from a two-month low against a basket of currencies on Friday, drawing encouragement from signs that a recent patch of soft economic data may be coming to an end. Volumes, though, were on the lower side with most of Europe shut for May Day and the focus squarely on UK manufacturing PMI and ISM manufacturing data...